ITIGIL ANG TERORISMO SA MINDANAO!
Ang nangyaring sunod-sunod na pagpapasabog ng bomba sa Mindanao ay lubos
na nakakagalit sa sambayanang Moro at Kristiyano dahil sa malinaw na
kawalang-pagpapahalaga sa buhay ng mga sibilyan, maging ng mga inosenteng
bata. Walang kaduda-duda, ang layunin ng mga pagpapasabog na ito ay para
maghasik ng takot sa mga mamamayan na patuloy na nanawagan ng tunay na
kapayapaan sa Mindanao.
Sa pagsabog na nangyari noong Hulyo 27 sa Limketkai Center sa Cagayan de
Oro City, walong sibilyan ang patay at 37 ang sugatan. Sa bomba na
pinasabog sa Cotabato City noong Agosto 05, walo ang patay at 40 ang
sugatan. Isa pang bomba ang sumabag sa munisipyo ng Midsayap noong Agosto
Dahil sa mga pagsabog na ito, ilampung katao na naman ang nadagdag sa
listahan ng mga biktima ng terorismo at kawalang-hustisya sa ilalim ng
panunungkulan ng rehimeng US-Aquino. Sa halip na tugisin at panagutin ang
totoong may-sala sa ganitong mga kaso at mabilis na mabigyan ng hustisya
ang mga biktima, batid ng mamamayang Moro na muli na naman silang ituturo
na nagkakanlong ng mga terorista at muli na namang paiigtingin ang
militarisasyon sa kanilang mga komunidad.
Mariing kinukundena ng KAWAGIB- Moro Human Rights ang patuloy na terorismo
sa Mindanao sa harap ng ipinapangako ni PNoy na kapayapaan na makakamit
bago matapos ang kanyang termino bilang pangulo. Nananawagan ang KAWAGIB
sa lahat ng mamamayan sa Mindanao, Moro at Kristiyano, na maging
mapagbantay sa maaaring iba pang plano ng terrorismo na isasagawa sa
rehiyon. Hinihikayat ang lahat na magkaisa sa harap ng pagtatangka na
maghasik ng takot at kalituhan sa mga mamamayan ng Mindanao at sa buong
Itigil na ang terorismo sa Mindanao!
Hustisya para sa lahat ng biktima ng terorismo!
Itigil ang militarisasyon sa mga komunidad!
August 8, 2013
Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate (09177174014)
Mindanao Lawmaker Condemns Series of Bombings in
Mindanao, Calls for a Truth Commission
Says he may move for a zero budget for the DND in budget hearings
Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate strongly condemns the
series of bombings that rocked Mindanao the past two weeks and calls for a
thorough investigation through a citizen-led truth commission.
The wave of bombings that happened in Mindanao has
killed more than 15 innocent civilians and wounded several others.
The July 26 Cagayan de Oro City blasts killed eight (8)
people and wounded 30 more civilians. Authorities recently filed charges
against six (6) suspects who are allegedly members of Khilafa Islamiyah
Mindanao, an unknown group with supposed links to the al-Qaeda.
The bomb that exploded in Cotabato City on August 5
killed eight (8) people, including a child and injured 29 bystanders.
Although reports say its main target was Cotabato City Administrator
lawyer Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, many Cotabato residents cannot help but be
wary of the consequences as military and police authorities mount an
Yesterday, another bomb exploded in Midsayap, North
Cotabato at 3:00 in the morning, though no casualties were reported.
Zarate said he is “suspiciously disturbed of the timing of this latest
series of bombings” in Mindanao, occurring as it has in the heels of the
August 2 US State Department warning about possible terrorist threats from
Al-Qaeda network against US interests in Middle East and North Africa.
Even more disturbing is the fact that soon after the US State Department
advisory, a supposed video of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri circulated
in the media, accusing the US government of orchestrating the overthrow of
Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in
Zarate believes that as a consequence of the advisory, local authorities
will again direct their investigations on Moro communities in Mindanao
that suspect of harbouring alleged terrorist cells. In the past, this kind
of operation has led to the rounding up and detention of innocent Moro
civilians as well as heightened military operations in Moro communities.
“It is disheartening to note that while the Muslims anticipate the feast
of the Eid’l Fitr, the thought of them being the subjects of military and
police operation, being made the ‘usual suspects’, also hangs in the air,”
Zarate also calls for the revival of the citizen-led truth commission,
similar to the Mindanao Truth Commission (MTC) that probed the series of
terror bombings in Mindanao in 2003. The MTC investigations then pointed
out to the alleged complicities of then Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes and
former military intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Victor Corpus in the
The MTC probe, which lasted for 10 months, obtained testimonies from the
victims and several witnesses, including some junior military officers who
were privy to an alleged classified Operation Plan of the Defense
Department that involved terror bombings in different parts of Mindanao.
In relation to the ongoing deliberations of the proposed national budget
in the House of Representatives, Zarate said that he may move to call for
a zero budget for the DND “if there is evidence showing that it is,
directly or indirectly, complicit in this latest wave of terror bombings
in Mindanao.”. ###